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In Life of Pi, what 3 religions does Pi follow and why?

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Pi grows up as a Hindu and loves the trappings of the religion. His mother took him to a temple in Madurai. He says that the color, sound, and mystery of the temple stayed with him and made him appreciate religion; that feeling grew throughout his life. He says that he is a Hindu because of all the lovely things about the religion, like the bright colors, clanging of bells, and sounds of the drums. He loves and connects to these sensory experiences. He says that he feels at home in a Hindu temple and that the universe makes sense to him when explained in the way the Hindu religion explains it.

When Pi starts to explore Christianity, he can't figure out why God would allow Jesus to die. He asks the priest, who tells him that God did so because of love. That love was what it all came down to. Pi really appreciates this answer. It's the answer to most of the questions he has about Christianity. Jesus becomes a topic that he can't stop thinking about and then he decides that he wants to...

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Pi first follows Hinduism as both his parents, although neither practice the religion, were born into it. The boy then discovers Christianity on a trip to the tea plantations and finds that he likes the Story of Christ. The third religion Pi subscribes to is Islam which he comes to as he explores his native Pondicherry. 

In each religion Pi finds comfort and hope in the story, the love, and the belief in God.